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Australia scraps carbon tax

Tony Abbott Australia

Tony Abbott has hailed the repeal of the “useless, destructive” carbon tax, pledging to reduce greenhouse emissions without the “international oddity” of a broadbased carbon price. The Prime Minister, while claiming victory after a five-year campaign against carbon pricing, also launched a new campaign against the Labor Party’s promise to take a replacement emissions trading scheme to the next election. ... Read More »

Australian judge is open to pedophilia and incest

Australian judge law

An Australian judge has incurred the wrath of child protection and gay rights advocates after stating that incest and pedophilia may no longer be considered taboo – just as gay relationships are now more accepted than they were in the 1950s and 60s. District Court Judge Garry Neilson was recorded as saying that sexual contact between adults and children or ... Read More »

Australia fails to repeal carbon tax, here’s why…

Al Gore Clive Palmer carbon tax

The Abbott Government’s bid to bring on an early Senate vote to repeal the carbon tax has backfired after an eleventh-hour switch from the Palmer United Party to withdraw its support. The Senate rejected the bills to repeal the carbon tax, after a dramatic morning in which PUP leader Clive Palmer claimed he and his senators had been “double-crossed” by ... Read More »

Australian police using NSA style surveillance on public

Tower

Australian law-enforcement has been exposed scooping metadata from thousands of mobile phones of ordinary citizens, using the same kind of equipment and methods previously attributed to US police and intelligence agencies, like the NSA and FBI. A US-invented technique dubbed ‘tower dump’ is now enabling Australian police to learn the exact location, established contacts and duration of calls of a ... Read More »

Australia’s largest coal miner makes $15 billion, pays zero tax

Coal mining

Australia’s largest coalminer, Glencore, paid almost zero tax over the past three years, despite income of $15 billion, as it radically reduced its tax exposure by taking large, unnecessarily expensive loans from its associates overseas. At up to 9 per cent, the interest rates on these $3.4 billion in loans were double what the company would have had to pay ... Read More »

Australia planning to produce GMO milk

Cows on farm milk

A plan to feed Australian dairy cows genetically modified rye grass designed to boost milk production has sparked concerns from both organic and non-organic farmers. Opponents of the scheme fear that GM grasses could contaminate neighbouring properties and that existing labelling requirements would not allow consumers to identify products made from cows fed on the modified rye. Greg Paynter, of the Organic Federation ... Read More »

Australian (in)security agencies targeting activist ‘Syrian Girl’

Mimi Al-Laham Syrian Girl

In the Orwellian world of post 9/11 hysteria and the Global War On Terror, speaking truth is a revolutionary act. Indeed, such is evidenced by the fact that speaking out against terrorism is now enough to cause you to be labeled as a supporter of terrorism. At least, that is, in certain instances. This is particularly the case with Mimi Al-Laham, (aka ... Read More »

Australian pensioners and savers have bank accounts raided by government

Pensioners

The federal government has bagged an unprecedented $360 million from household bank accounts since a controversial change to unclaimed money laws, figures from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission show. Pensioners and others saving for a rainy day have reported trying to access their savings only to discover their money had been seized by the government because it had been ... Read More »

Australia to buy US drones for domestic use

Australia Triton drone

Australia has announced it will buy unmanned surveillance drones from the US to protect its borders and commercial interests. The fleet, to be based in Adelaide, would provide the defence force “with unprecedented maritime surveillance capabilities”, PM Tony Abbott said. The drones would also be used to protect energy resources, he added. The drones, which are still being tested by ... Read More »

Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart receives welfare loan from US taxpayers

Gina Rinehart

How Australia’s richest person, mining heiress Gina Rinehart, secured a $US694 million ($764 million) loan from American taxpayers is surely one of the great ironies of the capitalist system, reports The Australian Financial Review. The case is the latest example of a flaw in the United States political economy: what some see as crony capitalism. Rinehart’s mining group, Hancock Prospecting, last week ... Read More »